NAFDAC Fines Guinness Nigeria Plc N1billion

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November 14, 2015 — Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo, has been fined N1 billion (approximately $5 million) by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for failure to comply with its rules. The fine accounts for “administrative charges for various clandestine violations of NAFDAC rules” including “infractions such as the destruction activities carried out by the company without the authorization and supervision of the agency.”

NAFDAC alleges that Guinness Nigeria Plc failed to secure the gates of its warehouse, leaving raw materials used in the production of beer and non-alcoholic beverages unprotected from rodents and exposed to general intrusion of other elements which,“invariably affect the integrity of the raw materials.”

The letter referenced ENFD/7218/Vol. 1/85 and dated November 9, 2015, states:

“In view of the above, you are further required to take the following actions: disclosure of all your warehouses in the country and submission of inventory level of the stock thereof; submit a written voluntary consent of forfeiture for destruction of the expired and revalidated raw materials discovered in your warehouse; and submit a notarized undertaking to comply with all the guidelines, rules, regulations and enactments of the agency, and to refrain from any future violations.”

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